fdsjr wrote:Tell us a little about you so we can get a perspective on who we are talking to. How old are you?? Male or Female?? What do you do for a living?? How long you been hunting/shooting?? What kind of hunting do you do?? What kind of dog(s) do you have?? How long have you had dogs?? You into any field trials, show, competition or anything like this??
Hi, I'm Schatz's Pop and I a 53 yr old guy with his first hunting dog. I'm a total rookie as a trainer, but I've read and watched a lot of material. I'm a solo practitioner patent attorney living in the Northwest Catskills of NY. I've hunted all my life. Mostly squirrel, rabbit, pheasant and deer before Schatz.
Schatzie is a 4 yr old Drahthaar with the sweetest disposition and she really tries. I got her as a pup 4 yrs ago.
I had her started great by myself with retrieving, swimming, gun fire soundness, etc. I took no chances and started her with Masters Voice CD progressing with blanks up through 12ga. live rounds. She would do paterns instinctively working both sides of a trail. She had natural instincts and was off to a great start. I took great pains and 2 months aclimating her to her e-collar.
Unfortunately, when she was a year and a half, due to family illness, I had to leave her with non-hunting people who abused her e-collar, punished her when she got wet and generally dissuaded her from chasing birds or anything else.
Now, with the help of a professional trainer, we are on the road to recovery, but somtimes I think the drive and desire is gone.
We still hunt well together, mostly grouse and woodcock. I am here to get support and any training tips available.
I also have my NY dog tracking license and work her on tracking deer blood trails when I can get the extra to work with.
We don't compete, but I did just join NAVHDA.
Hope to get to know you all.